WCU's J.T. Poston enters the event as the league's top golfer
Note: According to records, is just the fourth foreign-born WCU men's golfer since 2000, joining former strikers Andres Cuenca (Feungirola, Spain), Jonathan Davies (Manchester, England) and Steven Smith (Kirknewton, Scotland).
2013-14 (Freshman): Played in nine of Western Carolina's 10 seasonal events including twice as an individual competitor ... Made his collegiate debut in the Cardinal Intercollegiate, carding his career-low round on his first 18 holes as a collegian with an even-par, 72 ... Additionally scored his career-best finish at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, placing in a tie for 34th overall ... 18 of his 27 rounds were carded in the 70s ... Posted three-consecutive, 54-hole scores of 237 (79.00) to round out his rookie season ... Named to the 2013-14 Southern Conference Honor Roll.
Prior to Western Carolina: During his junior golf career, has claimed individual medalist honors 10 times including winning national events in the 2012 IJGT Junior Golf Tournament and the 2007 Singapore Junior Open Golf Championship ... Dating back to 2004, claimed six state or regional event titles ... Carded an individual best round of 66 in the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier in Greenville, S.C. ... All told, has posted rounds in the 60s in tournament play seven times on record.
Personal: Is the son of Palm and Yui Panayanggool ... Attended the Grace international School (GIS) in Chiang Mai ... Is fluent in both English and Thai ... Has a sister, Note, who is a singer in Thailand, finishing second in Thailand's Reality/Talent Show for singing, "The Star," a show similar to "American Idol" in the U.S.